Lit Syndicate #53: Ponti

November's #litsyndicate pick is live! We'll meet to discuss Sharlene Teo's Ponti on Monday, November 4th at 7PM. Join us!

About the book, an award-winning novel about the value of friendships in present-day Singapore:

"I am Miss Frankenstein, I am the bottom of the bell curve." So declares Szu, a teenager living in a dark, dank house on a Singapore cul-de-sac, at the beginning of this richly atmospheric and endlessly surprising tale of non-belonging and isolation.

Friendless and fatherless, Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress--who gained fame for her portrayal of a ghost--and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, an unlikely encounter develops into a fraught friendship that will haunt them both for decades to come.

With remarkable emotional acuity, dark comedy, and in vivid prose, Sharlene Teo's Ponti traces the suffocating tangle the lives of four misfits, women who need each other as much as they need to find their own way. It is "at once a subtle critique of the pressures of living in a modern Asian metropolis; a record of the swiftness and ruthlessness with which Southeast Asia has changed over the last three decades; a portrait of the old juxtaposed with the new (and an accompanying dialogue between nostalgia and cynicism); an exploration of the relationship between women against the backdrop of social change; and, occasionally, a love story--all wrapped up in the guise of a teenage coming-of-age novel...Teo is brilliant" ( The Guardian).

Ponti Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501173127
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

Event date: 

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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